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Gollum is Going to Read You 'The Hobbit' To Raise Money For Charity

Andy Serkis with his award for Outstanding British Contribution To Film at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) at the Royal Albert Hall in London. (Image:Reuters)

Andy Serkis with his award for Outstanding British Contribution To Film at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) at the Royal Albert Hall in London. (Image:Reuters)

Serkis says he won't go hungry throughout the event.

Known for his portrayal of Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" movies, Andy Serkis is taking this time at home to help support charities offering help during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

The actor and director will undertake the reading of the J.R.R. Tolkien book on Friday, May 8, 2020, to help support two charities -- NHS Charities Together and Best Beginnings."There will be fluffs all over the place. I can't imagine going through ten hours of reading this book without fluffing lines, fluffling words here and there. You know, it's just an impossibility," he says.

"The Hobbitathon" will kick-off Friday morning at 5 a.m. Eastern and a link to the live reading will be posted on the GoFundMe page early in the morning.

Serkis says he won't go hungry throughout the event.

"It's The Hobbitathon live. So that's going to have to include some pit stops along the way. But, you know, like all good hobbits, they who like food and breakfasts and all that kind of thing. I might even be munching my way through some bits. Who knows? Or drinking."

He's been preparing by going over pages from the novel in order to get a feel for all the different characters and refresh his knowledge.

But what you won't hear him do is try to sound like the actors from the movies that Peter Jackson and himself (as second unit) directed.

"I'm not gonna do sort of impersonations of Ian McKellen going 'You shall not pass.' I'm not going to do that. But it's tempting. But I'm not going to do that, I'm going to sort of, you know, use them as a steer, but not do impersonations of my fellow actors. But certainly I'm going to embody the characters a little you know."

But what you won't hear him do is try to sound like the actors from the movies that Peter Jackson and himself (as second unit) directed.

"I'm not gonna do sort of impersonations of Ian McKellen going 'You shall not pass.' I'm not going to do that. But it's tempting. But I'm not going to do that, I'm going to sort of, you know, use them as a steer, but not do impersonations of my fellow actors. But certainly I'm going to embody the characters a little you know."